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Invest in a world where everyone receives an education.
We believe results matter when lives are changed, and communities transformed for the Better. While in working with our partner organizations we track access to education and quality of teaching and learning as two indicators of progress, we believe it is only through the stories of change, both of the individuals and the communities, that the impact and the effectiveness of these efforts can be measured.
The inspiring and uplifting stories you will read in these pages are evidences of the impact of education and girls and women empowerment - how they lift people out of poverty and empower them to stand on their own feet to lead, with dignity and self-respect, the betterment of themselves, their families, their communities, and ultimately their nations. Enjoy!
Kushboo was born into a poor family in Lucknow, India. Her mother died when she was two. A few years after her father remarried, her stepmother died. The eldest daughter, Kushboo had to drop out of school in second grade to clean the house, cook, and look after her younger siblings.Read More
Despite the severe financial difficulties that her family faces, with scholarship from Mona, Beatrice has attended Masrour School at ADCAM since age four. A studious student, she goes to great lengths to excel in all her studies as her sister did before her.Read More
Four-year-old Misheel began learning stories from Hidden Gems, the curriculum used by the Mongolian Development Center, and shared with her mother. Her mother works at Family Radio Station FM 104.5 in Darkhan and she felt that "these stories are very useful to develop positive qualities in the children," and began sharing the Hidden Gems stories on the radio. Now Kindergarten children throughout the city tune in to hear her read stories before their daily nap.!Read More
"The Family Development Center in ADCAM, Brazil helped me in many situations, especially at school, because before, I didn’t have the skills I have now. I feel very grateful for all the help I received. I have also changed my way of relating to my friends. I now feel more open to new friendships, I have friends, and I share my joys with them. Thank you to all the teachers who helped me, and are still helping me, to build my future, making me a good person. Thank you very much!"Read More
Monica Espinosa and Madelaine Rodríguez are both indigenous Panamanians who would have probably been lost to poverty if the Badi School hadn’t found them, embraced them, and helped them to unlock their potential through the support of Mona scholarships. The result? in 2016 they won three national and international science awards for their patented discovery.Read More
The Mona Foundation recently received “A letter from Prerna” from Digital Study Hall. This powerful 3-minute video made in 2018 shows the impact of Aarohini Girls Empowerment Program not only on students and their families, but also in changing the hearts and minds of entire communities.Read More
The Barli Institute is a vessel for social change, breaking down ingrained norms to build a world where women and girls can thrive. It uses a forward-thinking curriculum to address the complex social pressures that are otherwise impossible for women to escape in rural India.Read More
Haiti is in desperate need of moral leaders who will put the interests of the country and its people ahead of their own personal gain. Only when leaders create a climate of honesty and trustworthiness—and an environment that supports and rewards individual initiative—can Haiti break its cycle of aid dependency that has paralyzed its development for decades.Read More
Vuong, an 11-year old orphan, lives with his 75-year-old grandmother. Everyday after school, Vuong and his grandmother went to the sea to search for shells and fish. On a good day they earned 30,000 VND (less than $1.50). On a bad day, they went without food. Despite often going to school hungry, Vuong is an excellent student who works hard to learn.Read More
Noncent is the youngest of three in a family supported by a single mother, who struggles to make ends meet selling spices and used clothes in the city. She never had enough to pay for Noncent's transportation costs, so Noncent walked almost four miles each way to attend school at Anis Zunuzi.Read More
The students at New Horizon were asked to write an essay about a topic they cared about. Jean-Baptise wrote about the how important it is for adults to set a good moral example for the children.Read More
Like many children living in the area, Alceus comes from a very impoverished background. His parents work in the fields. When the crop is bad, his parents’ meager income is stretched even further.Read More
The Aarohini program at Digital Study Hall provides quality education and seeks to prevent child marriage and eliminate discrimination against girls in their schools, families, and communities.Read More
Caleb is from Gonaives, a city in the center of Haiti. He is the youngest of four children; his brother and two sisters are considerably older. Thanks to a scholarship from Mona Foundation he was able to continue his education.Read More
Fenelon was given the opportunity to attend school, discover his gift of music, and thrive as a student despite facing immense difficulties.Read More
Ferrodin is an 11th grader at Anis Zunuzi School in Haiti. After coming to Anis Zunuzi in 2016, she immediately distinguished herself by her positive attitude and intense desire to learn. Despite being new at the school, she soon became the President of the Student Council.Read More
Jessica was a very restless, withdrawn child when she came to Badi. She was taken in, loved, and cared for. To help her channel her energy and express herself, she was taught to paint at the school.Read More
Kali was born in a tribal household in Alirajpur, the least literate district in India according to the 2011 Census. When she was 11 years old, she contracted polio. Born a girl, poor, and now disabled, she had three strikes against her in her community.Read More
This inspiring story of valor and persistence shows how a small amount of help at the right time can shape leaders like Poonam, a 17-year-old student, teacher, and activist from Shankarpur village in Lucknow.Read More
Sabine is one of four children being raised by a single mom. When Sabine entered eighth grade, her mother could no longer afford the fees. It looked like Sabine would have to leave school. Thankfully, because of donors like you, the Mona Foundation was able to offer a scholarship to Sabine.Read More
Shefali, an Aarohini student at Prerna Girls School, was concerned that her neighbor, Laali, was about to be married at age 16. Laali’s mother worked in a hospital, but with the father not around, she had difficulty supporting the family.Read More
Shalini was illiterate when she came to the Shankarpur Non-Formal Education Center (NEC) two years ago. She had never attended school before. Her parents left the country, so she lived with her grandmother in severe poverty in a slum surrounding Lucknow.Read More